Who might need this: anyone over 18 providing unpaid help and support to a loved one due to illness or disability.
Our Carers Advocates help carers to be more involved and have their voices heard in decisions that affect them.
Carers Advocacy is not a statutory service. This means that in different areas, there will be different criteria for being able to have support from an advocate.
How carers advocates can help
- Helping carers to understand their rights and how to exercise them
- Supporting carers to access a Carers Assessment
- Supporting carers to communicate their own needs to people making decisions
- Attending meetings with carers
- Making a social care complaint
- Helping carers to find other services that might be able to help them (signposting)
Who can make a referral?
- The person who needs support
- A friend, family member or carer (with the person’s permission)
- The local authority (with the person’s permission)
- The NHS (with the person’s permission)
- Other organisations or charities ((with the person’s permission)